Two Board Members — and State Senators — Discuss NAEP Hispanic-White Achievement Gap
at NALEO Conference
(June 23, 2011) — State Senators Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) participated in a panel today at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) to discuss the findings of the latest NAEP report that details the achievement gap between Hispanic and White students.
Sens. Flores and Van de Putte — both members of the National Assessment Governing Board — shared their thoughts on the results of How Hispanic and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Both senators joined National Center for Education Statistics Commissioner Jack Buckley in discussing the report at NALEO's 28th annual conference in San Antonio to an audience of lawmakers and other officials from across the country.
Read the statements from Sen. Flores (PDF) and Sen. Van de Putte (PDF).
Read the report findings and press release.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the Nation's Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement between states, large urban districts, and various student demographic groups.
The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee and set policy for NAEP.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible by law for carrying out the NAEP project.